Who’s the real hypocrite — Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders?
The hashtag #PrimaryWarren began to trend among so-called “Bernie Bros” after Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren bashed front-runner candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders for his hypocrisy during a town hall Wednesday evening.
During the CNN-hosted event, a clear-cut Sanders supporter questioned the Massachusetts senator about a position she and every other candidate besides Sanders had staked out at the ninth Democrat presidential primary debate in Nevada last week.
Should the candidate with the most delegates, even if they’re short of a clinching majority, be the unquestioned Dem nominee?
— Greg Krieg (@GregJKrieg) February 20, 2020
“During the Nevada debate, you and every other candidate on the stage, except for Bernie, hello somebody, indicated that the candidate with the plurality of delegates should not necessarily be the nominee,” the Sanders supporter said.
“This essentially means the will of the voters could be denied by the super delegates and the DNC, which is basically undemocratic, and in my opinion is a bunch of bababooey, to put it politely. Can you explain why the will of the voters should not matter if no candidate reaches a majority of delegates?”
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Warren responded by claiming that the position she and her peers (sans Sanders) have taken in this election is the exact one the front-runner candidate had taken in 2016.
“[T]hat was Bernie’s position in 2016, that it should not go to the person who had a plurality. So — and remember, his last play was to super delegates,” she said.
“So the way I see this is you write the rules before you know where everybody stands, and then you stick with those rules. So for me, Bernie had a big hand in writing these rules. I didn’t write them. But Bernie did.”
She added, “I don’t see how come you get to change it just because he now thinks there is an advantage to him for doing that.”
As of Thursday morning, tweets with the #PrimaryWarren hashtag were still being posted by the minute (if not second) by “Bernie Bros” because of the burgeoning anger over these remarks.
Look (*Language warning):
Why #PrimaryWarren is trending…
— Vivian Leung (@VivianFayeLeung) February 27, 2020
#PrimaryWarren Do it without mercy. Do it as you would with any backstabbing liar.
— ?Mr. Rimbaud? (@LuckyBoulevard) February 27, 2020
.@ewarren is a backstabbing liar.#PrimaryWarren
— #PresidentBernieSanders #BernieBeatsTrump #NotMeUs (@VikingInFL) February 27, 2020
I’m sick and tired of her lies. She’s not a progressive but a coniving, selfish corporatist in progressive clothing. #PrimaryWarren
— Chianti Mame? (@__GroovyGal__) February 27, 2020
#PrimaryWarren because she’s wildly unpopular in her own state, 2nd least popular democratic Senator next Bob Menendez and she’s not gonna win the nomination anyways. Primary the fuck out of that liar. #PrimaryWarren
— Bernin’ For Stu ? (@StuTheStu) February 27, 2020
Why isn’t #PrimaryWarren trending?
She’s unpopular in her own state so there’s a pretty good chance we can replace @ewarren with a real progressive. Massachusetts deserves a Senator with values and integrity, not a lying ?.
— MKUltracrepidate (@mortk88) February 27, 2020
Enough is enough. I’ve had it with the doublespeak. Its time to #PrimaryWarren
— Samuel (@Jedibreed) February 27, 2020
You think Liz can get away with the constant lying and not have repercussions? Hilarious. Your words have meaning. I liked Warren but she lies too much and flip flopped on M4A. #fakeprogressive #PrimaryWarren
— Weird Wolf Gaming (@WEIRDWOLFX) February 27, 2020
While Warren is no doubt one of the most notorious liars of the modern age, on this particular issue it turns out she was actually telling the truth.
According to The Washington Post, Sanders’ current stance on delegates is “the opposite of what [he] and his campaign said in 2016, even after Hillary Clinton had secured the majority of pledged delegates.”
At the time he argued that superdelegates should be allowed to change the outcome of the primaries.
“The responsibility that superdelegates have is to decide what is best for this country and what is best for the Democratic Party,” he reportedly said.
“And if those superdelegates conclude that Bernie Sanders is the best candidate, the strongest candidate to defeat Trump and anybody else, yes, I would very much welcome their support.”
So it appears Warren was right and Sanders’ supporters were wrong, which puts the score at 1-0 for Warren.
However, the problem is that the Massachusetts senator has been just as duplicitous as the front-runner, not surprisingly.
“I don’t believe in superdelegates. I don’t think that superdelegates ought to sway the election,” she said during the 2016 election, contradicting her current position.
oh hey here’s elizabeth warren lying about opposing super delegates having any role in choosing the nominee at the convention: “I’m a super delegate, and I don’t believe in super delegates. I don’t believe they ought to sway the election” pic.twitter.com/hA9EQdVuY3
— ☀️? (@zei_squirrel) February 24, 2020
This brings the score to 1-1.
Here’s the thing, though: Four years later, both Sanders and Warren boast the exact opposite positions they once held, which strongly suggests that both of them are political hacks who have no qualms about changing their positions on a whim, so long as their new positions provide “an advantage” for their political aspirations.
In that case, the correct score would be a zero for BOTH of them.
The winner, meanwhile, is probably this guy:
Look forward to being with all of my friends and supporters @CPAC on Saturday, February 29th! #KAG2020 pic.twitter.com/9bpnIzFnws
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 23, 2020
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